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year 6 to 7 Transition HUB for students starting in September 2023

Welcome to Rivington & Blackrod High School

The transition from primary to secondary school is exciting, full of challenges and experiences for parents and children. We work very hard to ease the transition period for all our students, so they are ready for the challenges of high school, enjoying new friendships and the new opportunities it brings.

To support you as you transition from primary to secondary school, we have included key information below, such as:

If you have any questions or require additional information, please do not hesitate to get in touch via email at transition@rbhs.co.uk. Alternatively, you can call us on 01204 333 266, and a member of the Year 7 Pastoral team will get back to you as soon as possible. 

Recent Updates: 

Update on Transition Process (Published - 27th July 2023):

School might be closed for the summer holidays but our team are working hard behind the scenes to ensure everything is ready for when your child joins us in September. 

Please find below below an overview of upcoming key dates:

  • Wednesday, 23rd August - Communication Check

Your child's details will go live on our school management system and we will send email and text messages from the system to confirm that your contact details are correct.  Further details will be sent on the day. 

  • Thursday, 24th August - ParentPay Registration Details Published

You will receive registration details for your child's ParentPay account via email.  ParentPay is the school's payment method for all school transactions, including school meals and school trips. 

  • Friday, 1st September - Confirmation of first day arrangements

We will confirm your child's form group and form tutor on this date, along with full details of the arrangements for the first day of school.

  • Wednesday, 6th September - First day of school

We look forward to welcoming your child as they begin their journey at RBHS.

What happens next?

Below is a timeline list of events you can expect.

Date Events
March 2023

Welcome letter to Year 6 parents and students

A welcome letter from Mr Roach, Headteacher, to our Year 6 parents and students

March 2023

Launch of our online Transition Hub

Our online Transition Hub is designed to provide you with further information about the learning and life at Rivington & Blackrod High School.


If you have any other questions, please contact us at office@rbhs.co.uk.

March 2023

Parental Handbook and our Student "Moving Up" Guide published

These two guides will help you support you and your child as they transition from Year 6 to 7. Click on the red links above to access these documents.

18th April 2023 


Virtual Parental Q&A - Online

On the 18th April, Mr Needham held an online Q&A session.  This was an opportunity for parents to ask any questions they may have ahead of their child starting Year 7.  

Please click here to view a recording of the event.

May - June 2023

Primary School visits

Primary school visits from Mr Needham, Head of Lower School, and the Year 7 Pastoral Team.  No action from parents/carers required.

19th June 2023

Transition Evening - Upper School

Our Year 6 Parent Transition Evening took place on Monday, 19th June at our Upper School Site. 

Please click here to download a copy of the slides from the event. 

Thursday 6th July 2023 (Updated Date)

Transition Day

Year 6 students who have accepted a place at RBHS will come and spend some time in school, meet some of our teachers and students and get a feel for the school. Transition day is usually the same date for all high schools and parents do not need to inform their current primary school that their child will be absent. Students should wear their school uniforms.

W/C 31st July 2023

Summer School 2023

A fantastic opportunity for students to meet their new teachers and make new friends whilst taking part in lots of fun and exciting activities.

View further information here

September 2023

Enhanced On-site Transition

An enhanced on-site transition when the new term begins 

Parental Handbook and Student "Moving Up" Guide

We are very aware that the transition to secondary school can be both a worrying and exciting time for the parents/carers and pupils involved.  In order to help you and your child prepare for their transition to RBHS, we have produced a Parental Handbook and Student "Moving Up" Guide to provide you with all the information we feel you will need. 

Please take time to read both documents and share the Student Guide with your child.

The Parental Handbook covers:

Our mission, vision and values Student support  Extracurricular activities 
Our school history and values  School uniform  House system 
Key dates for your diary  School footwear  Transport 
The school day  School equipment  ParentPay 

 Click here to view our Parental Handbook   Click here to view our Student Guide

Find out what some of our current Year 7 students think about the learning and life at RBHS:

If you are viewing on mobile, please click here to view the video

Our Top Tips 

Moving to secondary school is an exciting time. You will meet lots of new people and have the opportunity to take part in new activities like sports and other clubs. However, it's also normal to be nervous about this big change in your life, so don't worry - lots of other students will be feeling the same. Read our top tips below to help you settle in.

1. Be confident

Introduce yourself to people even if it takes you out of your comfort zone - remember, most people will be in the same boat as you and will also be hoping to make new friends

2. Find common interests and pursue them together

3. Take your time

Good friendships often form gradually as you naturally learn more about each other

4. Join a club or lunchtime/after school activity to meet people

5. Get to know different people

You will often be partnered or seated with different people in your classes, which can be a good opportunity to get to know people

Good friends are often:

  • Honest
  • Reliable
  • Supportive
  • Good listeners
  • Sensitive to other's needs
  • Humble (don't brag)
  • Encouraging

Student Enrichment

As a school, we are committed to providing high quality opportunities outside the usual curriculum time through enrichment activities, such as:

  • Art and Crafts Club
  • Karate Club
  • Drama Club
  • Book Club
  • Filmmaking Club
  • Geography Club
  • Band Club
  • Badminton Club
  • Football/Netball Training
  • Basketball/Rugby Club
  • Dance Club
  • Science Club

These activities are an important and exciting feature of school life and contribute enormously to our student's academic and social development. The enrichment program at Rivington and Blackrod High School encourages our students to engage with their school community so that when they leave in Year 13, they are active, confident, and emotionally resilient young adults.

We have an exciting array of extracurricular activities for our students. Click on the link below to view our current enrichment activities.

Extracurricular Activities >

Transition Checklist

To help you prepare for the move to secondary school, we have created a checklist. Tick off each item as you complete it.


Download our Transition Checklist

Summer School 2023

Registration for Summer School 2023 has now closed.

We look forward to welcoming students to the Summer School.

Details regarding the 2023 Summer School have been sent to the parents of children who have registered to attend.

If you have any questions, please email transition@rbhs.co.uk 



Travelling to RBHS

Several bus services provide access to and from Rivington and Blackrod High School. However, the timetable and routes change each year.

For 2022-23, the dedicated 912, 913, 914, 915 school bus services operate to and from the school.  New timetables will be issued towards the end of the current academic year.

  • 912 - Brownlow Fold - Doffcocker - Montserrat - Bottom of the Moor
  • 913 - Bolton - Heaton - Lostock - Middlebrook
  • 914 - Middlebrook - Lostock - Brazley
  • 915 - Daisy Hill - Westhoughton - Wingates - Aspull - Blackrod

View all routes and timetables for school buses here >

Commercial bus services

The following commercial bus services operate close to the school:

 Visit the TfGM website for the latest information and timetables before you start.

 Further information about travelling to RBHS > 

School Uniform

As a school, we firmly believe that our school uniform at Key Stage 3 and 4 plays a valuable role in contributing to our ethos and setting an appropriate tone that supports effective teaching and learning.

Working with students, we have made a lot of progress towards achieving the consistent appearance of students in uniform across both key stages, and we are keen to maintain this. Therefore, all students should wear the specified school uniform below with names marked on each item.

Please find below details of our local uniform suppliers:

Andrew Leech Schoolwear - website : click here / telephone : 01204 697624

Whittakers Schoolwear - website : click here / telephone : 01204 389485

Smart Schoolwear - website : click here / telephone : 01204 392610

View our Uniform Policy here >

Year 7 Tie Colour: 

For students starting in Year 7 in September 2023, the tie colour is Silver

They will remain in this colour of tie throughout their time at Rivington and Blackrod High School. 

Our new school Library

Our Year 7 students have exclusive access to our new school library every Friday at break and lunch. With over 4000 current fiction and non-fiction books spanning various interests and reading abilities, there is something for everyone.

To find out more about our library and how to loan books, please click the link below.

Student Library > 

 Contact Us


Lower School

Rivington & Blackrod High School

Albert Street,



Greater Manchester



Telephone:  01204 333266

Website: www.rbhs.co.uk

For general enquires contact: office@rbhs.co.uk